- March 1, 2013
- 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
*This workshop occurs over a series of three Fridays*
March 1: Design Patterns for Undefended Software Teams
March 8: The Power of Clarity: Leaving the Assumption Warehouse
April 5: Resiliance Dynamics: Riding the Waves of Change.
About the Workshop
Let's face it: working in high tech demands intense focus and a constant need to innovate. The stakes are high. The problem is, even though the pressure can lead to creativity, it can also trigger massive stress.
The negative impact of repeated stress on the brain and on teams (that have these brains) is well researched and documented. For starters, ongoing stress literally shrinks our brains. Stress also breeds defensiveness. When the defensive center of the brain (the amygdala) triggers the fight-flight-freeze survival system, the intelligent capabilities of the prefrontal cortex go south... quickly.
When this emotional hijacking happens, you can forget about creativity and innovation. The results are predictable: bad moods, short tempers, higher tension, confusion, and delays on deliverables. No fun. The bottom line is that more often than not, software fails because of people problems, not technical problems.
In this workshop, you will learn a skillset that helps you shift your team out of toxic patterns. We'll discuss ideas and practices that can be applied immediately. You'll be able to ground these design patterns in practical day-to-day interactions.
- Increase efficiency and effectiveness
- Decrease bickering
- Decrease mumble-f@#$ing
- Recognize signs of defensiveness and stop the problems mid-stream
- Use neuro-scientifically sound tools to change your emotional state
- Use your new skills to help those around you
- Increase your ability to engage more easily in important conversations that might be difficult
- At the end of the day, feel good about how you behave